Also sucks about the Rocky. Sort of sickening to see the little guy lose in this economy while major companies are receiving bail-out money (and then trying to spend it on personal jets).
Does anyone here watch or listen to ESPN? I do, and I'm getting tired of hearing all of the anchors and show hosts promote and kiss the butt of Disney World all week. They are doing several of their shows on location in the park this week, and obviously the mandate has come down from the mothership to shamelessly plug every single attraction they have. Guess they are pulling out all the stops to fill those hotel rooms.
It is sad about the Rocky Mountain News. Unfortunately, this may become an all too common tale soon. The social relevance of the printed newspaper has changed since the internet age. Unfortunately, the way some of them do business has not, and so they fail. Bad economic conditions always have an affect on companies, but it's those times that separate the men from the boys in the business world. Call it economical Darwinism. A good company will survive or even thrive because they have foresight and are prepared, or they know how to adapt...no matter what it is they sell.
The top chef leaving is kinda sad due to theme park food, especially with the addition of IOA to the mix, has become much better and much more than just popcorn and hotdogs. However, its just the top man that has changed and his policy, if I was not mistaken, was to give more freedom to his chiefs in his resturant. So Japan, France, Yachttsman, etc should more or less be the same right? I think the economy will be the driving factor of food at Disney and other theme parks. It will be interesting since there has been the same "top chef" since I have gone to Disney World all these years. It is interesting, however, that he came from Disneyland Paris Resort. Maybe its due to his absence, but DLP does not have that inspiring food. Sure, there is a couple of good places, but WDW appears to have gotten the deal in that one.
Its really sad about the paper though Robert. This creation, though, is fantastic! You know you are doing something right when Six Flags, Hard Rock Park, and Universal seem to at least acknowlege the sites exsistance and reviews. I bet Disney does too, but doesn't make it so obvious.
Anyway, does anybody get anything for winning an award from TPI (Best Hotel, Best Resturant, etc)? Mythos seems to really really like that they keep on winning!
As for the Dieter Hannig story, that's a darn shame. I hope things don't change for the worse.
It is a shame Disney is losing its park's best chef, but I'm sure the man will find much success in his venture.
Panama, however, doesn't sound quite like the best choice for a yoga/organic foods market...I mean...it's Panama. Maybe a restaurant in an affluently upper-middle class city would be a better location, considering most mid-upper class people tend to be more sensitive towards organic-eating these days, at least here...